A new Learning Group on Social Norms and Gender-based Violence was launched in 2016 by the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The group held the meeting in Baltimore, USA, in collaboration with STRIVE.
Social norms are behavioural rules shared by people in a given society or group; they define what is considered “normal” and appropriate behaviour for that group. Work on attitudes and beliefs focus on the individual, but social norms operate – and can be tackled – at the group level. This approach underpins STRIVE’s intervention studies:
- Samata – keeping girls in school
- Samvedana Plus – addressing violence against sex workers by their intimate partners
- Maisha – reducing partner violence through gender training and access to credit
- Parivartan for girls – empowering girls and tackling violence through sport
In 2013 STRIVE hosted a three-day workshop to deepen understanding of social norms in theory and practice.
- address some key challenges in social norms theory
- identify and share strategies to diagnose and measure social norms
- propose next steps